Gumboot-wearing man's cash grab

Last updated 10:45 12/02/2014

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A man distracted staff at a Hamilton bar last night and stole a large amount of cash before calling into a brothel and strip bar and taxiing home, police say.

Hamilton police say they found the 27-year-old at his house with a large chunk of the money.

The gumboot-wearing man first came to police attention when they were called to a Higgins Rd house shortly before 9pm after reports someone had smashed a window and taken some property, Sergeant Dave Raffan said.

Officers found a man in black gumboots in a "highly intoxicated and aggressive state".

Raffan said he was taken to the Hamilton Central Police Station for detox and released a few hours later.

But just before midnight police were called to a Victoria St bar where a man had distracted bar staff as they cashed up and "made off with a large amount of money".

Raffan said it didn't take long to identify the man who told door staff police had just released him, and CCTV footage showed he was the same man.

To track him down police thought about where an intoxicated man with a large amount of cash was likely to go.

"We quickly worked out he hadn't gone to the casino and tracked him down after he had visited a local brothel and then a strip club before taxiing home," Raffan said.

"He was located at his home address with a large portion of the stolen cash still in his possession."

The man was arrested but his troubles didn't end there. He allegedly smashed the lights in his cell as well.

Police said the man would face a variety of charges in court.

Raffan said police would also be talking to bar operators about security and best practice to prevent them becoming victims of similar crimes.

"Cashing up takings with customers present is probably not the best idea and we need to look at the best way of educating licensees about how to keep themselves, their customers and their staff safe," he said.

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